In a frightening scene, an umpire takes a fastball to the face mask and drops to the ground in agony

Umpires are tough. They get hit in all parts of their bodies by foul tips that ricochet into them.

Plate umpire Tony Randazzo learned that the hard, and painful, way.

Randazzo took a 91 mile-per-hour fastball from San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto straight to the face mask. I mean, straight. It wasn’t a foul tip, and it didn’t clip off the glove of Giants catcher Buster Posey. The pitch crashed into Randanzzo, and he was in agony.

Randanzzo was hit  in the fifth inning, and when the game went to extra innings, somehow managed to stay in until the 13th, which is when he left the game.’

Ray Marcano About the author:
Ray grew up in the Bronx, New York, so no surprise --- he's a lifelong New York Yankee fan. He's suffered through the last 40 years of bad New York hoops (he's a Knicks fan) and gets occasional giggles from the Rangers (NHL finals last year!).  In addition to his ...Read more
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